Assaidi bemoans referee decisions after Tottenham defeat

Kevin Friend awarded Spurs a first-half penalty for a Ryan Shawcross handball while waving play on when the Moroccan was felled by Michael Dawson in the box
By Liam Twomey at White Hart Lane

Oussama Assaidi lamented two key penalty calls from referee Kevin Friend after Stoke City were well beaten by Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

Friend pointed to the spot on 37 minutes when Emmanuel Adebayor's attempted scissor-kick struck the raised arms of the flailing Ryan Shawcross, and Roberto Soldado broke the deadlock from 12 yards.

Second-half goals from Mousa Dembele and Aaron Lennon made sure of the win but not before Assaidi had a penalty shout of his own turned down when he was felled by Michael Dawson in the box.

And the on-loan Liverpool winger is adamant that, for the second time in a week, refereeing mistakes played a crucial role in his side losing heavily after Thursday's thrashing away to Newcastle.

"Ryan could do nothing [about the penalty], he went to block the ball and it hit his hand," Assaidi told reporters. "I don't know why [the referee] gave it.

"After the penalty they could play easy and they played well. We didn't play well.

"We could have won this game but the ref made some bad decisions. After that we weren't good enough to win and they deserved it.

When asked about the Dawson tackle, he replied: "He touched me a little bit. I think it's a penalty. If you give them a penalty you can give me a penalty.

"I don't think Newcastle was bad because it was about the referee's decisions. This game was bad. [But] we must forget it and go to Everton. I hope we do well."